Listen to This: Out of Portland, The Folksy and The Theaterical

This month, for your family listening pleasure, we are featuring two kindie bands from Portland, Oregon, a city I have much love for and used to call home. These two bands couldn’t be any more different, and yet, they both embody aspects of the Portland art scene; partly influenced by the expansive nature of the great northwest, partly influenced by the musical and artistic movements that were also previously born out of this city. Enough said. I now present to you the folksy and the theatrical. Enjoy!

RED YARN, Born in the Deep Woods

Red Yarn (aka Andy Furgeson) releases his fourth Kindie album, Born in the Deep Woods, on March 10, 2017. It completes his Deep Woods trilogy (the previous two albums in the trilogy are The Deep Woods and Deep Woods Revival), exploring musical genres that grew out of American folk music. Now, don’t be fooled. This is not a maudlin “return to the folk music of the 60’s and 70’s”– a sound that I still find marginally triggering. This album’s sound is absolutely contemporary with definite bluegrass, rockabilly, and alternative rock influences. Musically, it is rich and complex, familiar and new all at the same time. Lyrically, there are Appalachian cultural references woven throughout the album, leaving a classic feel, but not ever pandering to the past or to their intended young audience. Take a listen, you will be singing along in no time. For me, it was love at first listen! The album is available now for pre-order via Bandcamp. 

Hey Portlanders! Red Yarn will be performing two shows at Mississippi Studios on March 11th to celebrate the new album drop.

Hey SXSW attendees with kids! Red Yarn will be traveling to Austin (from where he originally hails) to perform a few shows during the festival week.

Watch Red Yarn’s Teaser Video!


POINTED MAN BAND, Between the Waves and the Cardoons

This album is not for the faint-hearted. It requires an attentive and adventurous ear. If the Lemony Snicket’s Unfortunate Events book series had a sound, this album encompasses it in its theatricality. Wild, weird, and wonderful, the album reflects Daniel Elliott’s personal family goal to try to make the most of the beauty, nature and absolute wonder that is the “place” they have chosen to exist. Despite this very personal intention, its musical theater sound brings the album to a broader place of influence. The songs are rich with imagery and storytelling, often about the push/ pull of civilization and nature, as exemplified in the song “Pollination.” The album’s last track, “The Cardoons” is a grand orchestral finale looks at the small and ever growing components of life and how children are inherently tied to all of these components. They are tied to nature itself. All in all, the album itself is quite existential in tone. Deep fare for little beings!

Hey Portlanders! Pointed Man Band will be playing at the Upper West Side Play Gym March 5, 2017, 10am

Between the Waves and the Cardoons album release party is happening March 19, 2017 at The Fremont Theater, 2393 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97212, at 11pm

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